By Lynne Heasley
A Thousand items of Paradise is an ecological historical past of estate and a cultural heritage of rural ecosystems set in a single of Wisconsin’s most renowned areas, the Kickapoo Valley. whereas studying the nationwide warfare on soil erosion within the Nineteen Thirties, a debatable actual property improvement scheme, Amish land payment, a U.S. military Corps of Engineers dam venture, and local American efforts to claim longstanding land claims, Lynne Heasley lines the old improvement of recent American estate debates inside of ever-more-diverse rural landscapes and cultures. Heasley argues that the best way public discourse has framed environmental debates hides the complete form our process of estate has taken in rural groups and landscapes. She indicates how democratic and fluid visions of property—based on group relationships—have coexisted along individualistic visions of estate rights. during this environmental biography of a panorama and its humans lie strong classes for rural groups trying to comprehend and reconcile competing values approximately land and their position in it.
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How did that get way out here, you might wonder. And how do the neighbors—or the neighbors’ cattle, poor things—feel about all the noise? Still, from a cyclist’s perspective, this would certainly be an exciting landscape. Not ﬁve miles further north, the whining of the machines has ceased and once more the land has morphed into a new vision. As motorized traﬃc fades away, a clip-clop, clip-clop, clip-clop takes its place. A black horse-drawn buggy sedately rounds a bend in the road. A kind of signature house dominates miles of landscape now—large, rectangular, entirely white, a black buggy posted in front.
Both the twin goals that lay behind them and their actual implementation persisted into the 1950s. It was only that Zeasman and Bennett were not in a position to see the pivotal historical moment at hand. Thus they could not see the implications of evolving soil conservation programs. Just two years after Bennett’s speech, President Dwight D. 83 The Soil Bank, moreover, encouraged farmers to put their entire farms in the program. This meant that farmers took whole farms out of production, not just marginal land.
The new program bypassed the court decision. It would now make payments to farmers who carried out soil conservation practices, deﬁned as reducing acreage in certain soil depleting crops. ”23 At the time, erosion control and commodity control seemed more symbiotic than competitive. What’s more, hard cash had the potential to inﬂuence land use to an extent no previous government initiative had achieved. The commitment to reduce soil erosion raised a mountain of government agencies and programs from the federal to the local level.
A Thousand Pieces of Paradise: Landscape and Property in the Kickapoo Valley by Lynne Heasley